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It's all moot point anyway. Fair work ruled that metro's training was adequate.
If only. 48 drivers stood down, 10 services cancelled:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-28/metro-train-drivers-stood-down-as-tram-drivers-go-on-strike/11905738

If the drivers want to present themselves as professional, the professional thing to do would have been to raise this issue not when the lines are due to reopen early disrupting their summer holiday plans, nor even when the lines were closed for works a month ago, but a year or 18 months ago when the plans were announced. Otherwise, if they are not professionals, follow the instructions from those who are.
 

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If only. 48 drivers stood down, 10 services cancelled:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-28/metro-train-drivers-stood-down-as-tram-drivers-go-on-strike/11905738

If the drivers want to present themselves as professional, the professional thing to do would have been to raise this issue not when the lines are due to reopen early disrupting their summer holiday plans, nor even when the lines were closed for works a month ago, but a year or 18 months ago when the plans were announced. Otherwise, if they are not professionals, follow the instructions from those who are.
I suspect it has been raised. Just Metro stick thier fingers in thier ears and don't listen nor care.
Metro's problem is greed.
 

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https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/yarra-trams-push-for-more-separation-between-trams-and-cars/news-story/6002f541719cf19b213c667c7851ec9e

Yarra Trams push for more separation between trams and cars
Motorists would be blocked from driving on inner city tram tracks in a $42 million bid to slash the number of collisions and improve journey times. See if your commute would be affected.

Tom Minear and Kieran Rooney, Herald Sun


Motorists would be blocked from driving on inner city tram tracks in a $42 million bid to slash the number of collisions and improve journey times.

The Herald Sun can reveal Yarra Trams is planning to install bluestone or concrete kerbs along 38km of busy routes including along Collins, Elizabeth, Flinders and Bourke streets.

Busy inner city thoroughfares including Bridge Rd, Nicholson St, Racecourse Rd and St Kilda Rd would also be targeted for permanent separation.

About 40 per cent of collisions occur on just 15 per cent of track where hard barriers are not used.

Trams and vehicles collide almost three times a day but Yarra Trams predicts installing solid kerbs would prevent about 270 crashes a year.

Busy inner city thoroughfares including Bridge Rd, Nicholson St, Racecourse Rd and St Kilda Rd would be targeted for permanent separation.

But authorities also know the move could create traffic problems for motorists as cars are given less space to park and move.

The company has identified that road authorities may reject changes in some areas if they feel that traffic flow would be impacted.

A Yarra Trams spokeswoman said 75 per cent of the network was shared with cars and other road users, with separation recently increased along Lygon, Nicholson, Williams and Swan streets.

“Trams can’t swerve to avoid collisions, and we ask motorists to be aware when driving on or around tram tracks,” she said.

Yarra Trams expects the plan would reduce the incident rate in treated areas by a massive 80 per cent.

Over the last five years, trams have collided with cars about 1000 times ever year and 10 trams are typically unavailable for peak services due to repairs which then causes frustrating delays and cancellations.

A preliminary business case on the kerb upgrade, prepared for Yarra Trams by GHD Advisory, found bluestone kerbing would cost $42.7 million to install along 38km of tracks.

It would then cost $5000 per year to maintain — compared to $17,000 for plastic strips.

Yarra Trams passenger and network innovation director Emilie van de Graaff said “inadequate maintenance” of plastic strips likely contributed to higher rates of collisions.

A government spokesman said the Department of Transport worked closely with Yarra Trams to assess each project.

“Improved tram separation will continue to be considered as part of the program of road safety improvements that we carry out on a regular basis,” he said.
 
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